Blue Peter has announced Man On The Moon by Simon
Bartram as Book of the Year in the programme's fifth annual
Book Awards, to be screened on BBC ONE on Friday 26 November 2004 at
Man On The Moon tells the story of an ordinary man in far from ordinary
Bob has a very special job - he looks after the moon, cleaning up,
showing visitors around and selling souvenirs.
But he's blissfully aware of the presence of other inhabitants. In
fact, he's absolutely sure there's no such thing as aliens.
Man On The Moon triumphed in the Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud
category, as well as winning the overall award for the Blue Peter Book
of the Year.
Simon was thrilled and speaking after the ceremony at BBC Television
Centre in London, said: "I'm absolutely flabbergasted to have won
the Blue Peter Book of the Year.
"It's an extra special award because ultimately it is judged by
"The standard of the other books was so high and I'm really pleased
that this year a picture book has been chosen.
"So forgive the pun, but I'm over the moon, seeing stars and still
to come back down to earth!"
The adult judging panel spent the summer reading paperbacks published
in the last year to come up with the shortlist of 15.
Then the panel of nine young judges got down to work in reading and
deliberating over who should be the winners.
The children won their place on the panel by writing in to Blue Peter
saying why they should be picked to be a judge.
Details of the winners are listed below:
The Best Book with Facts - The Ultimate Book Guide
edited by Daniel Hahn (A and C Black).
The Book I Couldn't Put Down - Montmorency by Eleanor
The Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud - Man On The
Moon written and illustrated by Simon Bertram (Templar).